According to the USDA, Alfalfa is the fourth biggest crop harvested in the US. Alfalfa is used both in its raw form and as food supplements. Benefits include a positive impact on bladder and prostate conditions, kidney conditions, and an increase in urine flow. It also has a positive impact on high cholesterol, diabetes and is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, and K4. The pea family, native to Asia, also contains calcium, iron, phosphorous and potassium. The supplements are sometimes recommended for osteoarthritis, asthma, diabetes, upset stomach, rheumatoid arthritis, and thrombocytopenic purpura (a bleeding disorder).
Alfalfa is a good source of Vitamin K. Vitamin K aids blood clotting when you hurt yourself or undergo surgery. Your intestines create some vitamin K, but most come from nutritious foods. Vitamin K deficiency causes excessive bleeding. The daily requirements for women are 90 micrograms and for men is 120 micrograms. One cup of alfalfa sprouts has 10.1 micrograms. Vitamin K helps your body make proteins for healthy tissue and bones, as well as blood clotting.
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